Day of the Sun
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15 April marks the anniversary of the birth of leader Kim Il Sung.

The Day of the Sun, one of the largest holidays in North Korea

‘The Day of the Sun’ (태양절 | 太陽節), celebrated each year on 15 April, is the anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung and one of the largest North Korean holidays each year. The holiday is typically marked with public Mass Dances, fireworks, the Kim Ilsungia Flower Festival, and the Spring Arts Festival.

The annual Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon (also known as ‘the Pyongyang Marathon’) is also held on a Sunday around the holiday.


Kim Il Sung (김일성 | 金日成) was born on 15 April 1912 in the village of Mangyongdae on the outskirts of Pyongyang as Kim Song Ju. During the 1930’s, he adopted the name ‘Il Sung’ which literally means to ‘become the sun’, beginning an association between the leader and the sun.

Visit North Korea for the Day of the Sun

The Day of the Sun is a popular time to visit North Korea due to the festivities associated with the holiday and generally decent spring weather.

Koryo Tours arranges group tours for the Day of the Sun annually and can also arrange private independent tours for the holiday. Book early; transport tickets sell out!

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